Google unveils free photos management service

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Google has unveiled Google Photos, a free photos management system that could be used to create the ultimate album and memorable wedding.Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Anglophone West Africa spokesman, said Google Photos also offered unlimited storage for high resolution images and videos.

“A wedding is that beautiful ceremony where two people are united in marriage and it is dependable on budget.“Checklist done; the wedding venue, guest list, the cake, caterer, don’t forget the “aso ebi” frenzy and so on, but still, an essential item for any wedding ceremony is the photograph.

“Not capturing beautiful moments of weddings can be a disaster and so photos are essential even after the ceremony,’’ the Google spokesman said in a statement.He said that smartphones had made it possible for almost everyone to be a photographer and Google was making it easier with Google Photos.

“Nowadays, wedding photos have moved from the usual hard copy printouts to having photo albums that are beautifully designed by contracted photographers for weddings.“Some have even gone a step further to have their photos posted online on various wedding blogs and websites, which is also a trend nowadays,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that for weddings, one could download the Google Photos app from the iTunes Store if an iPhone user or from the Play Store if an Android user.

He said that getting hold of everyone’s photo after the wedding could be tricky but listed few tips to make Google Photos the right photo app to make the process painless.

These included choosing a hash tag that was simple, yet unique enough to remember, creating a shared album in Google Photos, tracking the photos and editing photos on Google Photos.

The Google spokesperson added that the Google photos app could be downloaded from the app store on one’s device and viewed on the computer at https://photos.google.com.

He listed other Google Photos functions as the possibility of uploading as much content as one wanted for free as well as its availability on iPhone Operating System, Android and desktop apps.“This allows one to auto-sync images and videos from your mobile devices, PC, camera or SD cards and can also upload photos through a “drag-and-drop” interface.“Google Photos will merge two or more duplicates of photos, leaving only just one photo, thereby cleaning your storage space automatically.

“Smarter search is incorporated in Google Photos. You can search through your photos with a keyword much like what you do when searching for images in Google Search.

“For example, searching your wedding photos with the keyword, ‘food’, will return every image of food in it. You can also search with a colour keyword like red, green or blue.

“A new feature of Google Photos is that it allows you to snap few photos in succession and create an animated Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), which can be fun for your wedding photos,’’ Kola-Ogunlade added.

He said, “LASIMRA is going to address the issue of sharing using the proposed Unified Duct System (UDS) to avoid these issues from reoccurring.

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